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One large square shaped fabric. One fold. Three cuts. Two rows stitch.
Simple and effective jacket. Use lightweight floral or satin fabric for kimono look.. Or crush velvet for a more hocus pocus wizardry vibe. Diy for basic construction of jacket.Ok Endless possibilities for further embellishment or customisation. Unfortunately, I didn't photograph the process as I went along, as I had no idea I would be so happy with it and choose to upload diy, so I am using a small paper model as visual aid to my tutorial. I'd like to thank everyone who has been so kind to share tutorials and ideas.. Your kindness has taught me much. Hope you like or find some inspiration here! One last thing... If at all you like kickass handmade clobber, check out my fledgling online fashion empire aliasliasons.tumblr.com alias.liasons instagram. Soon launching etsy store. Many thanks

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  • How to make a kimono. The Tablecloth Kimono - Step 1
    Step 1

    Begin with a large square of fabric. I used a tablecloth with a border, which was very effective. Of course there is ample freedom, and the fabric you choose will give a different feel to the finished article. The only rule is that the square is large... Mine was two metres by two metres.. Needs to be about that size really.

  • How to make a kimono. The Tablecloth Kimono - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold fabric in half diagonally. Now forgive me if I'm wrong, but i think this is on 'the bias' and means our fabric will hang nicely. The folded edge is where our shoulders will be and are sleeves of jacket.

  • Step 3

    Using pins, we create the shape of our jacket.The lines we are creating (see image) are gently curved and will be our underarms and sides of jacket. See next step for measurements I used...

  • How to make a kimono. The Tablecloth Kimono - Step 4
    Step 4

    Point A must be minimum the width of our back, plus couple of inches. Mine was 20 inches. Point B length is width of sleeve, mine 8 inches. Point C size of cuff. I wanted bell sleeves, and left 16 inch opening. My fabric was non stretchy. Remember, it is better to make too big and make smaller if necessary.

  • How to make a kimono. The Tablecloth Kimono - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut vertically fro bottom to top up centre, make small T shape cut at fold to accommodate neck. Try jacket on for size.

  • How to make a kimono. The Tablecloth Kimono - Step 6
    Step 6

    When happy with fit, cut excess (and keep It), creating jacket silhouette.

  • Step 7

    Customise and embellish as you choose using fringe, sparkles, ties and belts. Use excess fabric for collars or pockets or anything you desire.

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